Dogs all have different personalities and comfort levels when it comes to strangers and human interaction. One non-profit organization is looking to create a universal sign for all dogs that are a little fearful and need their space.
The Yellow Dog Project’s (TYDP) goal is to spread awareness of the characteristics of a “yellow dog” and inform strangers on how to approach and interact with this dog. If you see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon on their leash or yellow at all, it means that dog needs their space. This does not mean they are aggressive, but, just like some people, they have a large personal bubble.
According to the organization’s website, yellow dog are defined as, “dogs who need space – they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have issues of fear; pain from recent surgery; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience; are in training for work or service; are in service; or other reasons specific to the dog.”
So why the color yellow? “Because yellow shows caution, unlike red that shoes danger. Yellow Dogs are not dangerous, they just need space. Plus, yellow still stands out on a leash or collar so it can be seen,” commented TYDP.
Yellow Dog Project is still encouraging people with yellow type dogs to seek training for fear issues, but they can use this as an aid while training. If you have a dog that fits this description, you will appreciate the yellow ribbon. Dogs are so adorable and fluffy that people cannot resist wanting to pet them.
You should always ask to pet a dog and approach slowly. Please respect the owner and dog, as not all dogs like to be petted. If you have a dog please keep them on a leash, and do not allow your dog to interact with another dog unless you have permission. If the other dog is wearing yellow, then do not approach. A lot of dogs are reactive to strange dogs that run up to them. This may be the first step to a color code system that will make walking your dog in public a more enjoyable experience for everyone.
Many shelter animals are fearful for one reason or another, but all they need is a patient person who is willing to take the time to help the animal overcome their fear. Who knows all that they have endured? So it is understandable that they might be afraid. Adopt a shelter pet and save a life.
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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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